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Marcus Smart To Undergo Surgery On Right Thumb

Mar 16, 2018 1:02 PM

Marcus Smart will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

The Celtics hope Smart could return within six weeks and participate in the playoffs.

Smart suffered what the team initially termed a sprained right thumb while diving to the floor during the first half of a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. He had the thumb taped and finished the game, after which he downplayed the severity of the injury.

Smart missed 11 games after punching a glass picture frame in Los Angeles in January

Smart will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Gordon Hayward Suffered Setback In Recovery

Mar 15, 2018 5:58 PM

Danny Ainge revealed Gordon Hayward suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a fractured ankle but is now back on track.

"[Hayward] had like one setback for a couple of weeks, maybe a month and a half ago. We were progressing a little bit too fast, we thought," Ainge said. "But, other than that, his work ethic and his determination have been amazing.

"I don't want to get people's hopes up. He still is not back on the basketball court and we have a month left in the regular season. He's got a ways to go but we're excited about his progress and his determination."

Hayward's setback may have been why Brad Stevens recently made an emphatic declaration that he would not return this season.

Hayward has tried to leave open the possibility of playing this season.

"The hope [of a return] is still there. It's something where I'm really honestly not even thinking about it," Hayward said during an appearance at a community event on Monday in Boston. "I know we're getting toward the end of the year, it's something that I'm still working toward, but if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen.

"My thoughts are that I take it day by day. And I said that from the very beginning, that's what I would do, not putting a timetable on it. The recovery is going well, I'm progressing well."

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Celtics Hopeful Kyrie Irving's Left Knee Soreness Not Serious

Mar 12, 2018 3:31 PM

Kyrie Irving is not expected to miss significant time with his left knee soreness.

The Celtics believe Irving's injury isn't more serious than tendonitis.

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Marcus Smart Out Indefinitely With Torn Tendon In Thumb

Mar 12, 2018 3:29 PM

Marcus Smart has suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb and will be out indefinitely.

Smart will seek additional opinions on his thumb.

Smart missed more than a month earlier in the season with a hand injury after he punched a glass frame.

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Daniel Theis Out For Season With Torn Meniscus

Mar 12, 2018 1:27 PM

Daniel Theis has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Theis will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

Theis was an important rotation player for the Celtics.

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LeBron Was Disappointed Cavs Didn't Acquire More After Learning Extent Of IT Injury

Mar 11, 2018 5:41 PM

LeBron James preferred the Cavaliers keep Kyrie Irving last offseason despite his trade request and sources say he was not impressed with how the front office handled its attempt to rework their deal with the Celtics after the severity of Isaiah Thomas' injury became more clear.

"(It) didn't just disappoint James as a basketball player. It disappointed him as a businessman," wrote ESPN.

The Cavaliers only acquired a second round pick after pausing the deal and not a young player or future first round pick.

James had respect for Thomas but was skeptical of his fit with the Cavaliers.

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Gordon Hayward Not Ruling Out Return This Season

Mar 9, 2018 1:28 PM

Gordon Hayward has not ruled out a return this season but still has no timetable.

Hayward suffered a broken ankle on opening night in October.

Hayward said he's taking his rehab day-by-day.

"The recovery is going well. Haven't thought about (when I would return). Something I'm still working for," said Hayward.

Brad Stevens recently told the media that Hayward will not return this season.

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Jaylen Browns Walks Off Court On Own Power After Scary Fall

Mar 8, 2018 11:39 PM

Jaylen Brown was able to walk off the court under his own power after taking a hard fall after a dunk.

Brad Stevens said Brown "felt pretty good leaving the arena. He went to get a CT scan. He's with [Minnesota's] team doctor, so he's in good hands."

Brown landed on his upper back near his neck as medical staffs from both teams quickly came to his side.

A stretch was wheeled to the floor but Brown sat up and walked to the locker room after a few minutes.

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Marcus Smart Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Officiating

Mar 6, 2018 5:50 PM

Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating.

The comments were made following the Celtics’ 123-120 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, March 3 at Toyota Center.

Smart was critical of the way James Harden is officiated.

"When you're playing a guy like that who gets those types of calls, it's pretty much like you're playing in foul trouble," Smart said after the game. "You've got to play really certain. You have to be really solid. You can't really play the defense that you want, because you know nine times out of 10 he's going to get those calls. It doesn't matter whether your hands are up or not. He still gets them.

"We saw that here tonight a few times, and we've seen that every other game. He has a way of using his hands, grabbing us, pulling us into him and drawing those fouls. He's been doing it for a long time. He gets the benefit of the doubt."

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Brad Stevens Rules Out Gordon Hayward For Remainder Of Season

Mar 3, 2018 1:26 PM

Brad Stevens attempted to be definitive about Gordon Hayward remaining out for the remainder of the 17-18 season.

There has been speculation that Hayward may be able to return this season.

"He's not playing this year," Stevens told reporters in Houston. "I don't know what else to say."

Hayward broke his left ankle on October 17th. 

"But he's a super long way away from even being in a 1-on-0 workout where he's cutting."

Hayward's progress has been speculated about in the media as it's been believed he's ahead of schedule.

"Is he progressing?" Stevens said. "Yes. He did another AlterG (anti-gravity treadmill) workout this morning. He's up to 60 percent of his weight on the AlterG. If you've ever run on the AlterG that feels like you're flying without your legs touching the ground. It's great. And I think the videos are great too because, like, it continues to show the progress. Because sometimes when you're in the midst of that long rehab you don't feel the progress of the day-to-day the way now we all might see a video, or somebody that hasn't seen him may see a video, and say, 'Man, he is really getting better.'"

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Brad Stevens Doesn't Expect Gordon Hayward To Return This Season
Gordon Hayward would be eligible to return if medically cleared.

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Marcus Smart Fortunate He Didn't Suffer More Serious Injury To Hand
Marcus Smart has missed the past 11 games after punching a picture frame.

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Horford Were Last Picks In ASG Draft
Stephen Curry left picked Al Horford over LaMarcus Aldridge with his final selection.

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Celtics Will Consider Lineup Changes Following All-Star Break
Brad Stevens has suggested throughout the season that the Celtics may not be as good as their record has indicated.

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Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas Ejected As Video Tribute Controversy Lingers
Rajon Rondo aggressively hounded Isaiah Thomas' every move.

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Brad Stevens Not Expecting Gordon Hayward To Return This Season
The Celtics were granted an injured player exception for Gordon Hayward.

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Celtics Officially Sign Greg Monroe
The Celtics agreed to sign Greg Monroe last week.

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Joe Johnson To Receive Interest From Celtics, Warriors On Buyout Market
Joe Johnson is expected to negotiate a buyout from the Kings.

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Grizzlies Continue To Seek FRP For Tyreke Evans
Any team trading for Tyreke Evans as they would not hold his Bird rights and need to use cap space to re-sign him.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


Kyrie Irving Told Cavs He Didn't Want To Play Another Minute With LeBron James
LeBron James was confident he could repair whatever damage had been done to his relationship with Kyrie Irving.

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Celtics Seek FRP For Marcus Smart To Flip For Lou Williams Or Tyreke Evans
The Celtics rank 19th in the NBA in offensive efficiency.

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Celtics Reluctant To Trade First Round Pick, Prefer Buyout Market
Boston prefers to keep their first round picks for a larger scale move down the road.

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Nuggets Interested In Trading For Marcus Smart
While the Nuggets have made Emmanuel Mudiay available in talks, the Celtics seek a first round pick for Marcus Smart.

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Greg Monroe Agrees To Sign With Celtics
Greg Monroe agreed to a buyout this week with the Suns.

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Celtics Won't Sign Jarell Eddie To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Jarell Eddie appeared sparingly in two games with the Celtics.

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Celtics Wanted To Draft Larry Nance Jr. In 2015
Larry Nance Jr. was selected one pick ahead of Boston.

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Marcus Smart Out Two Weeks With Cut Hand
Marcus Smart suffered a non-basketball injury cutting his hand

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LeBron James Privately Asked Cavaliers Not To Trade Kyrie Irving
LeBron James was told that the Cavaliers had no choice but to trade Irving.

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Kyrie Irving Will Eventually Need Minor Knee Surgery
The procedure would ease some of the swelling and day-to-day pain Kyrie Irving feels.

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